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こちら vs. この人

Matt
Asked 6 years ago

If こちら means "this person", what's the difference between こちら and この人 ?

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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I wrote the same answer for your lesson note.  I copy it just in case you don't go back to the lesson.  Good question!

こちら itself only means "this way." But when it is obvious that we're talking about somebody it can have the meaning "this person." When こちら is used to indicate a person, it sound much softer and polite than この人. この人 means "this person," but you need to be careful when you use it (especially with your superior) because it can sound rude.

Hope this helps!

Masako
Answered 6 years ago

Now, I know to keep on using こちら and not ever use この人 when referring to people next to me. まさこ先生、ありがとうございます。

ダリウス
Commented 5 years ago